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Gwydyr North Trail

Average Rating:    (4.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Way-marked trail in Gwydyr Forest with 2,800 feet of climbing, mostly on fire roads; and therefore a similar amount of descending, but mainly on rolling, twisty single track. A full description of all the twists and turns would take for ever - just follow the arrows.
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52.91387102227773
Longitude
-3.8946533203125
Trail Directions
The trailhead is a few miles out of Betws on the B5106 at Gwydyr Chapel (you can park here). Alternatively, you could join the trail from Betws itself by riding out of town on the narrow road that starts by the bridge over the river at the start of the B5106 and runs parallel to the A5 but on the opposite side of the valley. Best thing is to call into Beics Betws (behind the bakery) and pick up a map.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Betws-Y-Coed
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Review Date
July 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: IAN FENTON ,  Weekend Warrior , from SALFORD, LANCS

Summary:
An awesome trail slashed out of the Welsh hillsides. This is a trail that forces you to become a better rider. When I think of balls out single track I think of the Marin trail. The bottom bit of this trail leaves you on high for about 2 weeks, Defo office daydream material.

Recommended Route:
There's only one marked route however you can dive off the fire trail ascent (half way up) to do the two best bits of single track at the end.



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Review Date
June 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Idwal iddi'n galed , from Twll tin y byd

Summary:
I ride this trail often simply because it is the best trail in N Wales. As I've said, start from Llanrwst & get the two biggest climbs over with, the first is the longest taking you from the car park to the first section of ST. At the top there's a stunning view. The second climb isn't as long & it takes youy past some lead & zinc mines(here's a good place to rest & recover from the first climb). From here on it's a case of fire rd & ST passing some amazing views of Tyfan in the distance.
Next is the Dragons Tail & as another reviewer noted it truly is an absolutely brilliant piece of trail building, the terrain is like something out of a movie. Further on you get to Endor, a wooded area where you'll have to carry your bike a little, or ride it if your trials skills are good enough, through onto Stumpdance, a great piece of twisty ST through a cleared area. From here on your homeward bound, a little more ST then a bit of a climb until you reach the final DH, a three part section split by fire rds that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Fast sections, drops ,jumps, doubles, you name it, it's there. A litte more ST to take you back to the car park & a feeling of complete satisfaction. The builders at Gwydyr deserve a lot of credit & praise 'co they got it spot on!

Recommended Route:
Start from the Llanrwst side & get most of the climbs over with early in the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Bull, MBR & karrimor are also great, but Gwydyr just pippes them for its natural feel.



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Review Date
March 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jonathan , from St helens

Summary:
OK, went to Gwyder north aka the Marin Trail having heard very mixed reveiws. And this after an enforced 18 month break without mountain biking, so I expected to come away, tired bruised, and hating the place for its man made nature. But its an excellent trail. Yes. long climbs, but they just mean more downhill, and the excellent mix of fire trail, double track and singletrack means it flows better than any singletrack I've ridden. Some neat things, its a figure 8 ride, but it can be hard to spot where the x over is, and the singletrack is laid out in ways that means when it spits you out onto a fire road or even tarmac, there is usually something to mean you don't plough straight onto the road, but have time to check for hazards.
Now although I'm experienced, I'm neither the fittest or the best rider out there, and in relation to which type of rider this trail suits, I think the answer is many. A fit new comer would manage the climbs, while the singletrack is good, technical in places, but never scary. Yet established riders would get from it what they put into it, so it suits a lot of people.
A "rougher" set up at the moment than Coed, but the day I rode it was the first decent day of spring, and it wasn't very busy, only a good thing. Coed can be a victim of its own success, and maybe tries to hard with its image, meaning some obstacles are put in place with seemingly very little thought as to the previous section, or the next one to come. Plus for me the Marin is little over an hour away, unlike the 2 + hours for Coed.
An absolute gem.

Recommended Route:
Most out there



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Review Date
March 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andrew Moore , from York, North Yorkshire

Summary:
The route around Betws-Y-Coed is fantastic. I have never grinned so much at the end. I am I suppose a Weekend Warrior (I have a job!). This run starts with a 3k uphill thbat goes up and up and up in fact for 350M above sea level. If you get a good day the views are worth it...then it is time for the singletrack. I agree with one of the comments of if you do not have a few scares - GO FASTER. It is well worth it and the last major downhill lasted ages and was excellent. GOOD JOB!

Recommended Route:
Dalby Forest Red Route (North Yorkshire) handy little 16 miles. Mixture of frie road, singletrack, some big climbs and a small boggy area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I have been told gret things about Coed-Y-Brenin (in particular Red Bull and Karrimor) and will be trying them in the near future.



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Review Date
November 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris Sampson , from Porthmadog area, Snowdonia (During Holidays) ; Windsor (near London) during school term

Summary:
The trail starts with a reasonably long forest road climb (couple of miles) before plunging down through some of the finest, if not the best, singletrack in Snowdonia. The rest of the trail follows that kind of pattern: most of the climbing (though not all) is on forest tracks and almost all of the descents are singletrack. The beauty of this trail is that even a reasonably inexperienced mountain biker could get around most of it slowly without having to get off, and at the end will still feel hugely satisfied. However, the more experienced MTBer will ride it fast. Very fast. Corners that are gentle when ridden slowly become tight, but still flowy, switchbacks that link together so well its almost unbelievable. Many of the corners in the fast, flowy, jumpy sections are bermed. Rises and humps in the singletrack become purpose built kickers and tabletops, technical sections become an adrenaline pumped quest to find the perfect line through the loose rocks. You get the impression: this trail is as difficult as you want it to be. None of it is hugely technical when ridden slowly, but up the pace and the trees become a blur as you focus on the trail ahead. This is definitely a ride for the adrenaline junkie!! There are also several nice features along the trail. As I have already said, it is completely way-marked, and there are plenty of tree carvings along the way that make you smile. The views are stunning: you'll find yourself overlooking some beautiful lakes and mountains several times during the ride. My view is that it is as good, if not better, than the trails at Coed-y-Brenin (I've ridden them all several times recently) and that is truly something. One last thing: respect the other forest users. Although all of the singletrack is MTB specific, on the forest roads look out for horses and walkers. Enjoy it. That's what its there for!!!

Recommended Route:
It's 100% way-marked with MARIN way-marks. Also completley free. Maps are available at Biecs Betws in Betws-y-Coed

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of the trails at Coed-y-Brenin are superb. The cafe there is great as well!



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